Kazuo Jozeph Takeda

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Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • Master's Degree, Business Administration, University of Redlands
  • Bachelor's Degree, Communication, California State University - Long Beach


Kazuo ‘Kaz’ Takeda is the Director of Operations for SprintRay, a leading manufacturer of 3D printing ecosystems for the dental industry.

Joining in 2020, Kaz is accountable to lead SprintRay’s Logistics and Supply Chain, Customer Service and Quality Assurance departments, which serves dentists and their patients using SprintRay products to drive peak efficiency and patient results.

Kaz began his career as an electronic technician and then progressed into a role as a quality control engineer within the home satellite television industry. He then joined Telescreen LTD as the US logistics manager for their international animation studio production group. In 1988, Kaz joined United Parcel Service in their industrial engineer division, supporting multiple initiatives, from the creation of Quality Incentive Bonus system to the opening of new buildings and air gateways. Kazuo then joined Disneyland® Resort in 1998, where his responsibilities touched on all aspects of Resort business and operations. He was a core member of the Disney California Adventure grand opening press event team, implemented process standards, and created the Sound Technician, Electrician and Machinist Union craft apprenticeship/trainee program within the Resort’s maintenance division.

Kaz is an active member of the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineering National Leadership Committee as Assistant Region Vice President and Chapter Development Fund Committee Chair. He also serves on the National Industry Advisory Board and has been elected to the rank of IISE Fellow.

At the university level, Kazuo serves on the USC, Cal Poly SLO and Cal Poly Pomona Industrial Engineering Advisory Committees and is a part-time instructor at USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach and his MBA at the University of Redlands. Kazuo is blessed to have been married to his wife Susan for nearly 40 years; they share their home with an Australian Sheppard and Siamese cat now that their two children have grown into adults.

  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
  • 3715 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 193

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4898
  • ktakeda@usc.edu


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